At her second fitting, Briana Vega maintained her composure while seamstresses from designer Rene Ruiz’s Miami atelier pinned a muslin dress around her frame. The dress formed the outline for what will be a silk organza turquoise gown lined in silver tulle and cinched with a belt. Vega will be walking down the runway next year but she’s not your typical model – she’s 10-years-old and battling cancer.

“I plan on smiling, because none of the models smile,” said Vega. “Then maybe all the other models can smile.”

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